Are the tenses of verb after “was” correct when referring to past event?

I used was because I am referring to a past event, but I’m not sure if the verb form of the verbs see and speak are correct. See my sentence below:

I was so happy seeing my family while I’m speaking on the stage.


That’s right. Since you’re talking about two events that took place in the past, you need two past-tense verbs to describe those actions. As for the verb see, it’s very common for adjectives in English to be followed by infinitive forms of verbs. So, use to see, which is the infinitive of see, instead of seeing. And there is also no need to use the adverb so as it’s mostly used as part of the construction so … that (e.g. I was so happy to see them that I could barely speak.):

I was happy to see my family while I was speaking on the stage.

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